More Wagler’s pit vipers! (Updated)

Over the weekend I went back to the spot where I saw the female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) the previous weekend. I was pleased to see that it had only moved a couple of metres during that time and with my 400mm lens I managed to get a few more photographs of it. I decided to inspect some of the other trees and bushes in the area and despite there being quite a lot of people, cats and dogs around I found a second female viper! This one was resting on a branch about a metre off the ground and was a greenish colour, typical of a sub-adult female. Several times I saw feral cats walk past the snake which they either did not notice or know to avoid!

UPDATE: the top photos are of the same sub-adult female viper a week later during this time it did not appear to have moved at all!

Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) 

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By Matt Wilson

Female Wagler’s viper!

As I dropped Kat off this morning I decided to check out a couple of nice looking spots on my drive back home. Although they were full of tourists as I sat down on a bench to have a drink of water I couldn’t believe what I saw as I looked in the tree above me: a female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)! Not only that but a metre away from it on the same branch was a sleeping Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea). Not bad for a Sunday morning..

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea)

By Matt Wilson